Many of us have fond childhood memories of driving about during the holidays looking at all of the Christmas decorations and watching glimpses of festive Christmas trees in windows. In many households, decorating the Christmas tree is a time-honored tradition. But while old traditions should be honored, if you are looking to switch things up a bit or to start new Christmas tree decorating traditions, here are some great tips for you.
Get a Tree (Real or Fake)
When picking a tree you have two options: real or fake. There are pros and cons to each, and there is no wrong choice. If you are one that loves the smell of a real tree then there is no replacement for that. However, if you hate the mess and hassle of a real tree, then it is highly suggested to go with the fake tree.
Make a Decorating Plan
No matter the type of tree you choose the most important thing is to have a general idea of how you want your Christmas tree to look once it is decorated. Some people prefer their trees to be absolutely perfect with every light and ornament placed with purpose. Then there are others who think that a random assortment or mismatched but sentimental ornaments is what makes a tree special to those who have decorated it. Both ways make for beautiful trees, just know your vision from the get-go,
Begin with the Lights
Be sure to always add the lights to the tree first. Plug in the lights before you begin so you can see exactly where you are placing them and ensure that there are no spots without lights. Start at the bottom and work your way either around the tree horizontally or up and down the tree until it is covered in lights. While either option works, we prefer to string lights vertically as it prevents having to walk around the tree multiple times. Be sure to tuck the lights far back toward the trunk of the tree and weave them evenly throughout all of the branches.
Add Christmas Tree Ribbons or Garlands
Decorate your Christmas tree with a variety of garlands, especially if your tree is on the thinner side. The use of wreaths and ribbons will fill out thin foliage. Make sure to start decorating your tree using a garland from the top and move down about four inches above the last branch.
Use Other Types of Flowers and Greenery
Make your Christmas tree stand out with simple accents that can make a tree feel fancy. Flowers and other types of greenery will do just that and you can get creative with holly, pinecones, and flowers, just to name a few. Opt for fake flowers, as these will last, and choose ones with a bendable stem to make it easier to shape around the branches.
Choose the Right Tree Topper
Complete your Christmas tree with a topper that best fits your theme and the proportion of your tree.
Balance Is Key
The most common mistake people make is only focusing on the front and sides that are most visible. The best way to decorate is by stepping back periodically and admiring your tree while you work so you can make adjustments as you go. Also, look at it from all possible angles so that you can quickly pinpoint what you need to add and remove.
Use Ornaments of Various Sizes
To create a balanced and visually pleasing tree, use ornaments of different sizes. Hang large ornaments towards the center of the tree while small ones can do towards the end of the branches. Consider mixing the shapes, sizes, and texture of your ornaments to create a well-balanced tree that also compliments your other decor.
Finish It Off With A Tree Skirt
Finish your Christmas tree by adding a tree skirt around the base. It will cover the unsightly legs of the tree and it will serve as a pretty backdrop for your gifts.
However you choose to decorate your Christmas tree, the purpose of all these ideas and tips is to encourage you to think outside the box, have fun, and make memories with loved ones. Happy holidays!